BE A PART OF THE PETA2 MOVEMENT

Glue Traps are DANGEROUS!

Profile photo of Christina-F

Posted July 14, 2011 by Christina

Sticky glue traps (also known as “glue trays” or “glue boards”) cause an enormous amount of suffering and a traumatic death for the animals they catch.


ANIMALS IN GLUE TRAPS SUFFER FOR DAYS

These traps are designed for indoor use, and ensnared animals can suffer for days before dying, or after being thrown in the trash with the trap. Glue traps don’t discriminate. They end up capturing birds, squirrels, snakes, gerbils, and other small animals—even kittens.


GLUE TRAPS CAUSE HUMAN ILLNESSES

Glue traps are also dangerous to human health. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Health Canada warn against their use, for this reason. Panicked, ensnared animals produce great quantities of urine and feces, which are sources of hantavirus. In one case, a hospital that used glue traps did not check them for more than a year—during that time, the dead mice who were stuck on the traps became hosts for a fly population that caused illness among the hospital’s patients (sources listed here).

Preventive measures, natural repellents, and nonlethal traps are the only humane options for controlling rodent populations.


WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • If you encounter an animal who is stuck to a glue trap, pour a small amount of cooking oil or baby oil onto the stuck areas and gently work the animal free. Consult a wildlife rehabber if necessary.
  • Wherever you see glue traps sold, be sure to send a polite letter to the store manager asking him or her to stop selling the traps.
  • Make your house less inviting, and use live traps to catch those who do enter so that you can release them outside. Check out our “Living in Harmony With Nature” factsheet for more tips on keeping wildlife outdoors.

Could YOU imagine being stuck to a glue trap for days before death?

Respond

Comments

Post a Comment

Please log in to comment.

Your email address will not be published.

Connect with Facebook

Please check I'm not a robot

Your email address will not be published.

Connect with Facebook

Please check I'm not a robot

  • 1888 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    They need the humane traps of catch and release!

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    Even Kitties? 🙁 Im not letting any glue traps be bought in my house!

  • 1970 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    oh god 🙁

  • jen

    1971 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    It just makes sense to use live traps even if you don’t like animals. Live traps keep the animals from stinking and you only have to buy a couple rather than buying them over and over again like single use glue traps.

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    Target still sells those, I think. I’ll go down there later to see if they do and, if so, I’ll be sure to write a letter.

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    my dad used these at his house for a longgg time, and when peta told me about the dangers of these, i told him what happens, and he immediatly threw them out and got live cages, and now releases animals into the wild. (:
    thank you peta2!

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    1

    Ugh i cant stand people who use them traps 🙁 they look awful with the flies and spiders stuck 🙁 the poor things 🙁 i even attached myself at the hand to one once. It was a powerful one and hurt when ripped off for ages 🙁 cant imagine the pain they must feel starving to death

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    Those are just disgusting…:P

  • 1972 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    🙁 I hate when people use those!

US & Canada: Sign up for Mobile!

Games, freebies, events in your area & more

Mobile #
Email

  I agree to the full texting T&Cs. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help, text STOP to end. Up to 10 msgs/month.

Follow Us